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The Rockefeller University has a tradition of giving back to the community through education initiatives for New York area students and teachers. Talking Science (grades 9–12) and Science Saturday (grades K–8) are presented by RockEDU Science Outreach.

Talking Science grew out of the Holiday Lecture on Science series, which was established in 1959 by Alfred E. Mirsky, a biochemist and Rockefeller University librarian. Dr. Mirsky modeled the lectures on a popular series of science talks for children pioneered in London in 1826 by Michael Faraday, who is considered to be one of the greatest experimenters in the history of science.

This annual event, now in its 63rd year, is designed to engage students – through interactive lectures and demonstrations – in an area of current research being conducted at the university. Led by members of Rockefeller’s world-class faculty, Talking Science offers a unique, educational experience to hundreds of high school students and their teachers from across the tri-state area.

For its support of this program, Rockefeller University gratefully acknowledges:

The Andreas C. Dracopoulous Family Science and Society Initiative

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RockEDU Science Outreach relies heavily on philanthropy to continue its success. Rockefeller University invites corporations, foundations, and individuals to join in supporting this program with gifts of all sizes. Learn more about RockEDU at